Epic news coming from the NY Times this morning: team Torrisi (aka Major Food Group), the folks behind Carbone, Parm and Dirty French will be taking over the iconic Four Seasons space on E. 52nd Street, when its lease expires next summer. The Major Food Group trio consisting of Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick signed a contract with Aby J. Rosen who owns the Seagram building where the restaurant has been located since 1959. Throwback dining has been Major Food Team's hallmark as their empire as steadily grown over the last few years. Carbone in Greenwich Village, where President Obama recently dined, features Godfather-era charm and nostalgic quirks like a tableside Caesar, dessert cart and red-velvet Tuxedo-clad waiters. Mr. Carbone told the Times: "When you connect the dots backward, it feels like it was all practice for this. This is the Madison Square Garden of food.”
The team plans to restore the space to its original 1960s-era glory and will continue the tradition of the restaurant's power lunches, according to the Times. The Four Season's lease expires in July of 2016 and the plan is to relaunch the new concept in a matter of months. Meanwhile, the team behind the Four Seasons is actively searching for a new space downtown. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.